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Animal Fighting

When Compassion Defeats Cruelty

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

One of the reasons animal cruelty is so shocking is because these atrocities stand in stark contrast to the values of our culture and communities. In January, that cruelty reached a horrific scale during our rescue of nearly 700 animals

Make Animal Fighters Do More Time for Their Crimes

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.16.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

When someone commits a heinous criminal act, we always hope the punishment will match the offense. But when it comes to one of the most abhorrent and brutal crimes there is -- animal fighting -- things rarely work out that way.

It's Time to Get Tough(er) on Dog Fighting

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Even if you've never heard about a dog fight, that doesn't mean they're not happening nearby. We also can't relax simply because animal fighting is illegal. I've witnessed enough horrific crime scenes to know that animal fights can take place anywhere, and that they represent the absolute worst of human nature.

Why Today Is Dog Fighting Awareness Day

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Even though dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, the ASPCA's participation in two major multistate raids in the last year alone refute any claim that dog fighting is a rare activity, or that it's restricted to certain parts of the country or people with whom we wouldn't normally associate.

Arin Greenwood

Most Americans Agree Attending An Animal Fight Should Be Illegal, Poll Shows | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green

The farm bill that President Barack Obama signed this month contains a provision -- called "Cock-A-Doodle-Don't" by the magazine Modern Farmer and the...

How the Farm Bill Protects Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The ASPCA has been closely following the progress of the federal Farm Bill for months. Now that it's passed, one provision in particular deserves your attention because it will make a big difference in the fight to end animal cruelty.

These Huskies Are Having A Discussion.. Through A Cat Door

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.19.2013 | Good News

These Siberian huskies are having a heated debate through the cat door. Perhaps they are debating the pros and cons of reading Socrates vs. Plato. Or ...

Godzilla vs. T. Rex: An Epic Showdown

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green

Let the suspense consume you as you wonder who will win this battle. Will the great and mighty Godzilla (aka someone's pet iguana) outwit the stro...

Horrifying Cockfights, Illegal Rodeo Discovered In Northern California

The Record, Stockton, Calif. | | Posted 06.09.2013 | San Francisco

San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies were kept busy Sunday afternoon rounding up roosters and other farm animals at illegal events that drew hundreds...

Christina Wilkie

Michael Vick Lobbies Congress To Punish Dog-Fight Attendees | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest step in Michael Vick's road to redemption took place on Tuesday in Washington, where the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback appe...

New Investigation Finds Cockfighters Flocking to Texas

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

Roosters were forced to fight to the death even when they were hobbled with broken legs. One rooster that lost his fight was hung upside down by his leg and clubbed with a tree branch.

Advances Against Gruesome Shark Finning, Animal Fighting

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

In what is the third great outcome of the lame-duck session, Congress today gave final approval to legislation to stop the gruesome practice of shark finning in American waters.

Reservations About the Animal Abuse Registry

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

A law recently passed in Suffolk County, New York to require people convicted of cruelty to animals to register with a publicly accessible website or face jail time and fines

Uncovered in South Carolina: Bear Abuse for Show

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

Many animal rights activists believed that the cruel process of "bear baying" disappeared in the 19th century. We now know it is alive and well, but so repulsive as to require immediate action.

Remembering Robert Byrd, Lifelong Leader for Animals

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Byrd made his mark on animal welfare, his love nourished by his relationships with his dogs. He worked to increase funding for animal protection laws and to reform industrialized agriculture.

Investing in the Animals' Future, and Our Own

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

We've seen time and time again that the animals' fate is intertwined with our own, and that addressing animal welfare policies helps to safeguard all of us.